EXCLUSIVE: Firestone Grill advances plans to open Bakersfield location.

I’m proud to be the first to report the following:

Firestone Grill has applied for an alcohol license at the old Wavelengths building at 3501 California Ave, right next to the CA-99 N on-ramp.

Known for their succulent Tri Tip sandwiches and other barbecued food, the company operates Firestone Grill in San Luis Obispo, Main Street Grill in Cambria, and— a location many of you may be familiar with— Dog House Grill in Fresno.


Dog House is one of my favorite restaurants. I have never had a Tri Tip sandwich as good as theirs— towering layers of Tri Tip served on a toasted french roll and slathered with the best barbecue sauce on earth. I’ve made more than one trip to Fresno with the sole purpose of enjoying a meal there. The Fresno location also features multiple big-screens and a full bar, making it a great place to watch a game with friends.

It was reported exactly one year ago by Bakersfield Californian’s Pete Tittl that Firestone Grill’s Facebook page announced plans to open a new location in our very own Bakersfield. (http://tinyurl.com/TheDishFirestone).

While originally said to be opening this past November, the month came and went with no news from Firestone Grill. I assumed that perhaps the plans might have fallen through for one reason or another (as business plans often unfortunately do.) However, while driving down California Ave this previous week I noticed a rectangular piece of paper taped to a window at 3501 California Ave. Excited, I returned later to inspect it more closely.

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Officially posted on January 7th, this notice brings with it very positive news concerning the future of the restaurant. I believe we can definitely expect it to open some time this year. I contacted Firestone Grill via their Facebook page, but they had no information to add.

The intersection at California Ave and CA-99 is looking to become an exciting and lively area in the coming year. This Spring, a 100,000 square foot development is slated to open at the site of the former Three-Way Chevrolet dealership. According to Scott Underhill, the development will be a “beautiful Santa Barbara-style center [featuring] several new and exciting eatery concepts…as well as service-related tenants.”

It is no secret that, although a city full of spirit and history, Bakersfield isn’t as diverse in dining and entertainment as it could be. As a lifelong resident, I am very excited for these new developments. I’m sure many of you agree.

Thanks for reading.

See you soon, Renegades.

-Salvador Cruz


6 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE: Firestone Grill advances plans to open Bakersfield location.”

  1. A great article to update the community about this very exciting new restaurant that is coming to our very own Bakersfield. Even though Firestone did not give you a reply immediately, you have grabbed their attention since they have posted a link to this article to their Facebook page, so well done 🙂


    1. You’re right about Tri-Tip not being anything “new” for Bakersfield cuisine. But I was talking more about the future development across the street when I said that.
      Thanks for your comment!


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